Photo-study of the cave Gufr Berger

Sep - 8 - 2011

The system of caves in France Gufr Berger was once considered the deepest in the world. However, to this day it is a popular destination for cavers wishing to test their skills at a depth of several hundred meters.
British photographer Robbie Cave, Sean joined the team for the Exploration of deep caves. “This is probably the best in the world to engage in a cave caving, and people from all over the world come to see it.”

Discovered in 1950, the cave is named after one of the discoverers – Joseph Berger (gufr-French. “Abyss”). This is the first cave, which has been investigated to a depth of more than a thousand meters.

In the photo: friends of researchers watch as the journey begins under the earth for a period of four days.

Cave system Gufr Berger is located in France, in a mountainous region of Vercors. Its depth is 1122 meters. Although this cave is the 28 th place on the depth of the world, this fact does not stop a great many cavers, who throughout the year, the mayor requesting permission to study the nearby town Gufr Berger.

“The entrance to the cave represents eight vertical shafts with a length of about 300 meters. The trunks are divided into sections by close winding passages, which are sometimes no more than 30 cm in width, “- says the photographer.

“Once you overcome it the 300 feet of trunks, then find yourself in a huge lateral canal 30 meters in height and 15 meters wide. He is very big, but modern lanterns allow you to see most of it. ”

Earlier researchers could not see the walls and ceiling of the passage, and they thought that they are in the greatest passage that they had ever seen.

“Before the cave was the forefront of research in the world of caving,” On the photo: British cavers goes through a narrow passageway leading into the underground reservoir.

In the photo: Cave explorer examines the unusual formation inside the cave, which is called the Great Cascade.

The team of cavers preparing food inside the tent the first camp near Hall 13.

“To this day the cave Gufr Berger are true classics,” – explains Robert. “Just as Everest climber to conquer, cavers must descend into the cave Gufr Berger, that would have the right to call these cavers.”

Of course, shooting in these conditions has its difficulties. In the caves there is no natural light, very hard to deliver the equipment for photos on location. In addition, the average temperature below ground – 4 degrees, while the photographer is busy shooting, he can be very cold.

One of the cavers trying to keep warm by retaining heat blankets and candles.

Robbie became interested in caving, where he studied at Sheffield University with a degree picture. “I knew I wanted to combine these two spheres of activity – says the photographer – All caves are different and can not pre-guess what surprises they will present.”

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